Cover Wars: Mid-Series Cover Changes

Time for another cover war post! This time I’ll be discussing my thoughts on some mid-series cover changes (covers that were redesigned in the middle of a series).

CREWEL – Gennifer Albin

Original cover:

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New covers:

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What…just what. I don’t even know how to express my feelings about how bad these covers are. Why on earth would you change the style of that first gorgeous cover?! Ugh. So much hate.

Winner: Original

SHATTER ME – Tahereh Mafi

Original cover:

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New covers:

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I don’t really like any of these covers, to be perfectly honest. The original is just another girl-in-a-dress, which doesn’t really make sense for the book, and the new covers are way too similar for me. So meh.

Winner: um…?

DELIRIUM – Lauren Oliver

Original cover:

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New covers:

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Again, not a fan. I loved the first Delirium cover; it was actually one of my motivations for buying it, which hardly ever happens with me. The big faces don’t really do anything for me, and Pandemonium and Requiem have too-similar color palates for my taste.

Winner: Original

THE CURSE WORKERS – Holly Black

Originals:

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New covers:

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For once, I like both sets of covers, but if I had to pick, I’d definitely go with the makeovers. I just find plainer covers much more striking, and it makes me more likely to pick up the book.

Winner: new!

THE IMMORTAL RULES – Julie Kagawa

Original cover:

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New covers:

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This book definitely needed a makeover due to all the drama surrounding the first cover. The issue was that the main character is Japanese, yet the cover depicts a white girl. Whitewashing in YA is a huge problem, so I’m glad something was done about it, even though they still refused to put a POC on the made over covers.

Winner: new

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE – Beth Revis

Originals:

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New covers:

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I like both cover sets on this one. They all look very space book-y and cool, so this is a makeover I’m okay with.

Winner: both

NIGHTSHADE – Andrea Cremer

Original covers:

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New covers:

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I loved the original Nightshade cover. I thought it was unique and really sexy. The second cover was the design shown above, but it was redesigned before publication. I feel like the new covers look boring and make the books look like every other paranormal series. If the makeovers had been the originals, I definitely wouldn’t have been interested in the book.

Winner: Originals

CAHILL WITCH CHRONICLES – Jessica Spotswood

Original cover:

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New covers:

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Again, why would you ever change that beautiful cover? Star Cursed is a little better than the new Born Wicked, but still.

Winner: Original

FAIRYTALE RETELLINGS – Jackson Pearce

Original covers:

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New covers:

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I love the original covers, but I really like the new ones too, so I’m happy either way. I really need to read these books. Fairytale retellings are awesome!

Winner: both

ASHES TRILOGY – Ilsa J. Bick

Originals:

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New covers:

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The new covers on this series are a definite win. They’re all mysterious and cool and stuff. So yeah.

Winner: new

THE LYNBURN LEGACY – Sarah Rees Brennan

Original cover:

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Book two cover:

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If I’m comparing them, the first style cover is definitely better, but on its own I do kind of like the new cover. Also, has anyone else noticed the titles of books one and two are basically the same thing…?

Winner: original

JENNA FOX CHRONICLES – Mary E. Pearson

Original cover:

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New covers:

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The first cover is pretty, but I definitely like the new covers. I love the shattered face look, and the new style definitely fits the story.

Winner: new

LEGEND – Marie Lu

Original cover:

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New covers:

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I think the old cover was good, but the new ones are really cool.

Winner: new

BIRTHRIGHT – Gabrielle Zevin

Original cover:

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New covers:

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The first cover was kind of cool, I guess, but the new covers make the books look like a vampire series. Hint: it’s not.

Winner: original

SHADE – Jeri Smith Ready

Original covers:

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New covers:

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I know people had really strong feelings about this redesign, but I personally like the new ones. I just think the model has an interesting face. Another series I need to read.

Winner: new

IF I STAY – Gayle Forman

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New covers:

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I don’t have particularly strong feelings about the If I Stay covers, but I do like the cover for Where She Went.

Winner: neither

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